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    Causeway Bay: Then & Now


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    Causeway Bay embodies the many facets of Hong Kong – the fast pace, fascinating contrasts and dynamic energy. From the city’s very beginning to the present day, its diversity and vibrancy makes it a beloved neighbourhood.

    Celebrating Causeway Bay


    Feature

    A neighbourhood in flux, Causeway Bay’s constant evolution keeps residents and visitors coming back for more. Whether it’s fashion, food, film or art, it’s a part of Hong Kong that keeps people mesmerised and inspired.

    We are the neighbourhood


    Feature

    Thanks to its historic role as the centre of gravity for social life on Hong Kong island, Causeway Bay is home to some of the city’s most tight-knit communities. Some have been around for generations, others are only just developing.

    • Boon Yuen


      French Bulldog

      “I live above Fung Shing Restaurant. Every day I go for a walk at the Happy Valley racecourse then rest by the benches. Then we go for another round before…

      Streetsnaps
    • Harold Poon


      Product designer

      “Causeway Bay is where I met my wife, so I guess it’s a special place for me. I also love it because it’s got loads of character. There are all these small local shops…

      Streetsnaps
    • Charmaine Choi


      Shopper in Causeway Bay

      “I just finished shopping at Victoria’s Secret; I was really excited when I found out they were opening as I’d always go there with my girlfriends when I studied overseas…

      Streetsnaps
    • Paul & Jocelyn


      Lovebirds of Causeway Bay

      Jocelyn: “I moved to Hong Kong from the Chicago suburbs at the age of 11. Causeway Bay was a total assault on the senses in the best way possible – there is so much energy and vibrancy, but also an an instant connection to the pulse of Hong Kong.”

      Streetsnaps
    • Rosanna Ma & Ben Leung


      Zeta store owners

      “We opened our shop first on Lan Fong Road in 1986, and then we moved to Lee Garden One in 2005, so we’ve had this shop for 32 years. We have seen Causeway Bay change over these years, and we have built up so many memories here.”

      Streetsnaps
    • Brother Fai


      Fire Dragon Commander-in-Chief,
      Tai Hang Residents’ Welfare Association

      Tai Hang is still a village, even if it is being swallowed up by the high-rise city that surrounds it. Walk through its narrow grid of streets and you’ll find…

      Interviews
    • Dr Lam


      Retired doctor

      “I am learning tai chi from Master Tang whose moves are really beautiful. You see other people doing tai chi in Victoria Park, or elsewhere, and they are making the…

      Streetsnaps
    • Sam Pinder


      General Manager, Hong Kong Sevens

      Sam Pinder laughs when he is asked why he became a rugby player. “I hail from New Zealand – and I’m pretty sure when you get born there, you get a rugby ball…

      Interviews

    Causeway Bay: A Progressive District


    Feature

    Causeway Bay has always been at the forefront of trends and developments. The neighbourhood is home to some of the most progressive brands in the world as well as some of the most advanced buildings in the city.

    A day in the life of Causeway Bay


    Feature

    The rhythm of its streets changes constantly from dawn till late into the night, capturing the ebb and flow of its people as the spaces they inhabit transform throughout the day.

    • Yum Sing Bar


      Rosalie Carpio and Alex Lai

      “You ask me how deep my love for you is. How much do I really love you? My affection is real, my love is real. The moon represents my heart…”

      Teresa Teng’s beloved song is an apt choice for Rosalie Carpio’s set list…

      Interviews
    • Otto Leong


      A childhood spent at Lee Theatre

      Lee Theatre was once one of the city’s most glamorous institutions. Standing at the very edge of Percival Street, it opened to the public in 1927 and hosted a range of shows from Cantonese opera to film screenings, and even the Miss Hong Kong pageant during its heyday…

      Interviews
    • Jason Capobianco


      Photographer & filmmaker

      “That small alley of undercover shops inside Leishun Court is a visual masterpiece, a total cinematic moment. Fruit stand, old school printer, dai pai dong…

      Streetsnaps
    • Darren Lo


      Co-founder, Playdium

      Don’t call Playdium an arcade – it’s a “virtual reality experience studio” where you can play fully immersive games with the help of top-of-the-line Razer computers and HTC Vive VR goggles…

      Interviews
    • Marian


      Tourist

      “I’m a flight attendant from Holland and I’m here for two nights. I come to Hong Kong a few times a year for work and sometimes I go sightseeing but this time…

      Streetsnaps
    • Alison and Eden


      Residents of Causeway Bay

      Alison: “He loves to exercise, I like to sleep. He has OCD and I’m easy going. He likes to cook, I love to eat. It works out perfectly…

      Streetsnaps
    • The Fjelddahl Family


      Neena, Parida, Bobo the dog, Bjorn, Noa

      Neena: “Causeway Bay is home.”
      Bjorn: “We’ve lived in Causeway Bay for about 10 years…

      Streetsnaps
    • Anita & Miga


      Social media strategist & make-up artist

      Anita (right): “I moved to Hong Kong when I married my husband, who is Australian Chinese. Miga and I grew up in Taiwan. She’s my cousin and also my best friend…

      Streetsnaps
    • Annie Chu


      Causeway Bay yogi

      “Today I’m taking a Vinyasa class. I come to Causeway Bay every weekend for yoga and I like how fluid and flowy these classes are…

      Streetsnaps
    • Craigengower Cricket Club


      188 Wong Nai Chung Road

      Founded in 1894 and originally located on Bonham Road, the Craigengower Cricket Club was constructed for the students of Victoria English School.

      Streetsnaps
    • Co-working in Causeway Bay


      Nancy Yip, Area Director, IWG and Thomas Hui, Co-founder & CEO, theDesk

      For Thomas Hui, it’s all about building communities. He’s the co-founder and CEO of theDesk, a co-working brand with four offices in Hong Kong, and one upcoming office in Shanghai. For Nancy Yip, it’s about creating a welcoming environment. She’s the Area Director for International Workplace Group…

      Interviews
    • Hong Kong Street Snack Stalls


      Hong Kong street snack stalls are peppered throughout the city’s densest districts, serving office workers, hungry shoppers, teenagers and tourists. Each stall has its own specialty. In Causeway Bay, many of them are busy all day ladling out their signature siu mai and curry fishballs…

      Streetsnaps
    • Yolanda Ng


      District Councillor of Wan Chai

      For Yolanda Ng, becoming District Councillor of Wan Chai was somewhat a stroke of fate. From a young age, the Hong Kong born-and-bred Yolanda aspired to be a writer…

      Interviews
    • Uke


      Performer of Causeway Bay

      “I’m wearing makeup and costume that I bought in Indonesia for performances and competitions. I’ve just finished buying something here in Causeway Bay…

      Streetsnaps
    • Cindy


      Newspaper vendor

      “I used to be a secretary at HSBC. No one believes me when I say that! This newspaper stand was my uncle’s, but he decided not to work anymore and I took over…

      Streetsnaps
    • Michell Lie


      Brand manager, ink artist & candle maker

      “In my eyes, Causeway Bay is a cultural gem. I spent my entire secondary school life here, living next to Victoria Park…

      Streetsnaps
    • Pink


      Makeup artist

      Pink relaxes at her favourite cafe and shares her journey from banking to beauty: “I love being a make-up artist. I love beauty but I find it rewarding to help others…

      Streetsnaps
    • Daniel Man


      Professional football player

      “I’m a professional football player. I used to play for Lee Man FC and before that I played at the Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley for over ten years…

      Streetsnaps
    • eslite


      A platform for culture

      Renowned Taiwanese filmmaker and actress Sylvia Chang’s latest play “Why We Chat” was inspired by the classic Chinese literary collection Liaozhai Zhiyi…

      Interviews
    • Cynthia Leung


      Owner, Cat Store

      It all started 18 years ago when my partner ‘Ah Mao’ (Cat) and I had an vintage store on Percival Street. She collected a lot and we soon ran out of space…

      Interviews
    • The Lee Gardens Hotel


      Joseph Yung, former General Manager and Toh Toh Ma, former Chief Executive

      Even now, 25 years after its doors closed for the last time, the legacy of Lee Gardens Hotel lives on in the memory of those who called the hotel their home…

      Interviews
    • Giselle


      Kid of Causeway Bay

      “Today I’m with Mummy in Causeway Bay before she takes me to playgroup. We’re enjoying looking at all the plants sold here…

      Streetsnaps
    • The Tsui Brothers


      Cartoonists

      “We’re the Tsui Brothers, the authors of Milktealogy. It’s our research project about ‘cha chaan teng’ culture here in Hong Kong…

      Streetsnaps
    • Celia Leung


      Branding designer

      “As a designer, I take a lot of inspiration from minimalistic Northern European design – which is the absolute opposite to the sights and sounds of Causeway Bay…

      Streetsnaps
    • Mr Cheng


      Owner, Paris Cotton Singlets Company

      My father and I were refugees who came to Hong Kong in 1948. At first, he worked at a construction site for HK$5 a day. We rented half a store and set up a…

      Interviews
    • Penn Law


      Fan of Gentle Monster

      “I’ve been living in Happy Valley since the day I was born — I’m used to living there and I wouldn’t want to leave. On my days off, I walk my dog from…

      Streetsnaps
    • Kasey Cheung


      Producer

      “I’ve worked in Causeway Bay for 15 years. There are a lot of music and production companies in this area. In Catic Plaza, there are five to six floors of post-production companies…

      Streetsnaps
    • Brian Siswojo & Ball Ng


      Founder & Head Barber / Partner, Handsome Factory

      Nestled in a quiet corner of Causeway Bay is a street known for its neighbourhood vibe and eclectic mix of independent shops. In 2015, skate shop owner Brian Siswojo…

      Interviews
    • Candy Cheung


      Shun Kee Typhoon Shelter Seafood Owner

      “We grew up here on the water. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Causeway Bay typhoon shelter used to be filled with these floating restaurants, but by the 90s, they’d begun to disappear. Some of the few that remained eventually shut down and opened up on-land instead…

      Streetsnaps
    • Karen See


      Co-founder, {embrace} worldwide

      “I worked for a global advertising agency as its Chief Communications Officer for many years and used to catch the minibus from Causeway Bay nearly every day…

      Streetsnaps
    • Grace Lam


      Fashion stylist

      Causeway Bay has always been part of life for Grace Lam. Growing up in Hong Kong, she attended St. Paul’s Convent School for kindergarten…

      Interviews
    • Kyle & Victoria


      International students

      Kyle: “We are international students in Hong Kong who come to the library to work as it’s kind of distracting at home. It’s really convenient and there’s a bit of…

      Streetsnaps
    • Irene Lee


      Chairman of Hysan Development

      There are very few people who know the origin of a suburb, let alone one as integral to Hong Kong as Causeway Bay. But for Irene Lee, granddaughter of Lee Hysan and current chairman of Hysan Development, she can look back on the neighbourhood’s inception…

      Interviews
    • JJ Acuna


      Owner of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio

      JJ Acuna’s connection with Causeway Bay began the moment he arrived in Hong Kong from New York more than 12 years ago. “It was my first neighbourhood…

      Interviews
    • Chien Lee


      Chairman of Bei Shan Tang Foundation

      For Chien Lee, Chairman of the Bei Shan Tang Foundation, a passion and support for Chinese culture and the arts has always been in his blood. Grandson of Lee Hysan and son of Dr. Jung Sen Lee…

      Interviews
    • Irene, Snowie & Kolar


      Husky owner

      “I grew up in Causeway Bay and used to live in Tai Hang, so this area has always been my home. This is Snowie and Kolar. I’ve had Kolar for a long time; he’s 11 now while Snowie is five years old…

      Streetsnaps
    • Jessica Lau


      Program Manager, Sustainable Ecological Ethical Development Foundation (SEED)

      A giant satellite dish is not what you’d expect to find in the middle of a farm, but then again, this is no ordinary farm: it’s located on…

      Interviews
    • Jimmy Leung


      Martial artist and Founder, THE FIGHTERS CLUB

      If it were up to Jimmy Leung, he’d have begun his martial arts training when he was a little kid. But the biggest adversary to his plan wasn’t some opponent in the ring…

      Interviews
    • May Fung


      Founder, Arts and Culture Outreach

      Long before there was Art Basel Hong Kong, long before international galleries opened their doors and jet-setting collectors began coming here…

      Interviews
    • Clement Ng


      Salesperson, Journalize

      “We aren’t really like other stationery stores and people started noticing us when we were mentioned in a blog. We slowly developed our own style of running a store…

      Streetsnaps

    Causeway Bay: Then & Now


    Feature

    Causeway Bay embodies the many facets of Hong Kong – the fast pace, fascinating contrasts and dynamic energy. From the city’s very beginning to the present day, its diversity and vibrancy makes it a beloved neighbourhood.

    Celebrating Causeway Bay


    Feature

    A neighbourhood in flux, Causeway Bay’s constant evolution keeps residents and visitors coming back for more. Whether it’s fashion, food, film or art, it’s a part of Hong Kong that keeps people mesmerised and inspired.

    We are the neighbourhood


    Feature

    Thanks to its historic role as the centre of gravity for social life on Hong Kong island, Causeway Bay is home to some of the city’s most tight-knit communities. Some have been around for generations, others are only just developing.

    • Rosanna Ma & Ben Leung


      Zeta store owners

      “We opened our shop first on Lan Fong Road in 1986, and then we moved to Lee Garden One in 2005, so we’ve had this shop for 32 years. We have seen Causeway Bay change over these years, and we have built up so many memories here.”

      Streetsnaps
    • Brother Fai


      Fire Dragon Commander-in-Chief,
      Tai Hang Residents’ Welfare Association

      Tai Hang is still a village, even if it is being swallowed up by the high-rise city that surrounds it. Walk through its narrow grid of streets and you’ll find…

      Interviews
    • Dr Lam


      Retired doctor

      “I am learning tai chi from Master Tang whose moves are really beautiful. You see other people doing tai chi in Victoria Park, or elsewhere, and they are making the…

      Streetsnaps
    • Sam Pinder


      General Manager, Hong Kong Sevens

      Sam Pinder laughs when he is asked why he became a rugby player. “I hail from New Zealand – and I’m pretty sure when you get born there, you get a rugby ball…

      Interviews

    Causeway Bay: A Progressive District


    Feature

    Causeway Bay has always been at the forefront of trends and developments. The neighbourhood is home to some of the most progressive brands in the world as well as some of the most advanced buildings in the city.

    • Boon Yuen


      French Bulldog

      “I live above Fung Shing Restaurant. Every day I go for a walk at the Happy Valley racecourse then rest by the benches. Then we go for another round before…

      Streetsnaps
    • Harold Poon


      Product designer

      “Causeway Bay is where I met my wife, so I guess it’s a special place for me. I also love it because it’s got loads of character. There are all these small local shops…

      Streetsnaps
    • Charmaine Choi


      Shopper in Causeway Bay

      “I just finished shopping at Victoria’s Secret; I was really excited when I found out they were opening as I’d always go there with my girlfriends when I studied overseas…

      Streetsnaps
    • Paul & Jocelyn


      Lovebirds of Causeway Bay

      Jocelyn: “I moved to Hong Kong from the Chicago suburbs at the age of 11. Causeway Bay was a total assault on the senses in the best way possible – there is so much energy and vibrancy, but also an an instant connection to the pulse of Hong Kong.”

      Streetsnaps

    A day in the life of Causeway Bay


    Feature

    The rhythm of its streets changes constantly from dawn till late into the night, capturing the ebb and flow of its people as the spaces they inhabit transform throughout the day.

    • Yum Sing Bar


      Rosalie Carpio and Alex Lai

      “You ask me how deep my love for you is. How much do I really love you? My affection is real, my love is real. The moon represents my heart…”

      Teresa Teng’s beloved song is an apt choice for Rosalie Carpio’s set list…

      Interviews
    • Otto Leong


      A childhood spent at Lee Theatre

      Lee Theatre was once one of the city’s most glamorous institutions. Standing at the very edge of Percival Street, it opened to the public in 1927 and hosted a range of shows from Cantonese opera to film screenings, and even the Miss Hong Kong pageant during its heyday…

      Interviews
    • Jason Capobianco


      Photographer & filmmaker

      “That small alley of undercover shops inside Leishun Court is a visual masterpiece, a total cinematic moment. Fruit stand, old school printer, dai pai dong…

      Streetsnaps
    • Darren Lo


      Co-founder, Playdium

      Don’t call Playdium an arcade – it’s a “virtual reality experience studio” where you can play fully immersive games with the help of top-of-the-line Razer computers and HTC Vive VR goggles…

      Interviews
    • Marian


      Tourist

      “I’m a flight attendant from Holland and I’m here for two nights. I come to Hong Kong a few times a year for work and sometimes I go sightseeing but this time…

      Streetsnaps
    • Alison and Eden


      Residents of Causeway Bay

      Alison: “He loves to exercise, I like to sleep. He has OCD and I’m easy going. He likes to cook, I love to eat. It works out perfectly…

      Streetsnaps
    • The Fjelddahl Family


      Neena, Parida, Bobo the dog, Bjorn, Noa

      Neena: “Causeway Bay is home.”
      Bjorn: “We’ve lived in Causeway Bay for about 10 years…

      Streetsnaps
    • Anita & Miga


      Social media strategist & make-up artist

      Anita (right): “I moved to Hong Kong when I married my husband, who is Australian Chinese. Miga and I grew up in Taiwan. She’s my cousin and also my best friend…

      Streetsnaps
    • Annie Chu


      Causeway Bay yogi

      “Today I’m taking a Vinyasa class. I come to Causeway Bay every weekend for yoga and I like how fluid and flowy these classes are…

      Streetsnaps
    • Craigengower Cricket Club


      188 Wong Nai Chung Road

      Founded in 1894 and originally located on Bonham Road, the Craigengower Cricket Club was constructed for the students of Victoria English School.

      Streetsnaps
    • Co-working in Causeway Bay


      Nancy Yip, Area Director, IWG and Thomas Hui, Co-founder & CEO, theDesk

      For Thomas Hui, it’s all about building communities. He’s the co-founder and CEO of theDesk, a co-working brand with four offices in Hong Kong, and one upcoming office in Shanghai. For Nancy Yip, it’s about creating a welcoming environment. She’s the Area Director for International Workplace Group…

      Interviews
    • Hong Kong Street Snack Stalls


      Hong Kong street snack stalls are peppered throughout the city’s densest districts, serving office workers, hungry shoppers, teenagers and tourists. Each stall has its own specialty. In Causeway Bay, many of them are busy all day ladling out their signature siu mai and curry fishballs…

      Streetsnaps
    • Yolanda Ng


      District Councillor of Wan Chai

      For Yolanda Ng, becoming District Councillor of Wan Chai was somewhat a stroke of fate. From a young age, the Hong Kong born-and-bred Yolanda aspired to be a writer…

      Interviews
    • Uke


      Performer of Causeway Bay

      “I’m wearing makeup and costume that I bought in Indonesia for performances and competitions. I’ve just finished buying something here in Causeway Bay…

      Streetsnaps
    • Cindy


      Newspaper vendor

      “I used to be a secretary at HSBC. No one believes me when I say that! This newspaper stand was my uncle’s, but he decided not to work anymore and I took over…

      Streetsnaps
    • Michell Lie


      Brand manager, ink artist & candle maker

      “In my eyes, Causeway Bay is a cultural gem. I spent my entire secondary school life here, living next to Victoria Park…

      Streetsnaps
    • Pink


      Makeup artist

      Pink relaxes at her favourite cafe and shares her journey from banking to beauty: “I love being a make-up artist. I love beauty but I find it rewarding to help others…

      Streetsnaps
    • Daniel Man


      Professional football player

      “I’m a professional football player. I used to play for Lee Man FC and before that I played at the Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley for over ten years…

      Streetsnaps
    • eslite


      A platform for culture

      Renowned Taiwanese filmmaker and actress Sylvia Chang’s latest play “Why We Chat” was inspired by the classic Chinese literary collection Liaozhai Zhiyi…

      Interviews
    • Cynthia Leung


      Owner, Cat Store

      It all started 18 years ago when my partner ‘Ah Mao’ (Cat) and I had an vintage store on Percival Street. She collected a lot and we soon ran out of space…

      Interviews
    • Mr Cheng


      Owner, Paris Cotton Singlets Company

      My father and I were refugees who came to Hong Kong in 1948. At first, he worked at a construction site for HK$5 a day. We rented half a store and set up a…

      Interviews
    • Penn Law


      Fan of Gentle Monster

      “I’ve been living in Happy Valley since the day I was born — I’m used to living there and I wouldn’t want to leave. On my days off, I walk my dog from…

      Streetsnaps
    • Kasey Cheung


      Producer

      “I’ve worked in Causeway Bay for 15 years. There are a lot of music and production companies in this area. In Catic Plaza, there are five to six floors of post-production companies…

      Streetsnaps
    • Brian Siswojo & Ball Ng


      Founder & Head Barber / Partner, Handsome Factory

      Nestled in a quiet corner of Causeway Bay is a street known for its neighbourhood vibe and eclectic mix of independent shops. In 2015, skate shop owner Brian Siswojo…

      Interviews
    • Candy Cheung


      Shun Kee Typhoon Shelter Seafood Owner

      “We grew up here on the water. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Causeway Bay typhoon shelter used to be filled with these floating restaurants, but by the 90s, they’d begun to disappear. Some of the few that remained eventually shut down and opened up on-land instead…

      Streetsnaps
    • Karen See


      Co-founder, {embrace} worldwide

      “I worked for a global advertising agency as its Chief Communications Officer for many years and used to catch the minibus from Causeway Bay nearly every day…

      Streetsnaps
    • Grace Lam


      Fashion stylist

      Causeway Bay has always been part of life for Grace Lam. Growing up in Hong Kong, she attended St. Paul’s Convent School for kindergarten…

      Interviews
    • Kyle & Victoria


      International students

      Kyle: “We are international students in Hong Kong who come to the library to work as it’s kind of distracting at home. It’s really convenient and there’s a bit of…

      Streetsnaps
    • Irene Lee


      Chairman of Hysan Development

      There are very few people who know the origin of a suburb, let alone one as integral to Hong Kong as Causeway Bay. But for Irene Lee, granddaughter of Lee Hysan and current chairman of Hysan Development, she can look back on the neighbourhood’s inception…

      Interviews
    • JJ Acuna


      Owner of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio

      JJ Acuna’s connection with Causeway Bay began the moment he arrived in Hong Kong from New York more than 12 years ago. “It was my first neighbourhood…

      Interviews
    • Chien Lee


      Chairman of Bei Shan Tang Foundation

      For Chien Lee, Chairman of the Bei Shan Tang Foundation, a passion and support for Chinese culture and the arts has always been in his blood. Grandson of Lee Hysan and son of Dr. Jung Sen Lee…

      Interviews
    • Irene, Snowie & Kolar


      Husky owner

      “I grew up in Causeway Bay and used to live in Tai Hang, so this area has always been my home. This is Snowie and Kolar. I’ve had Kolar for a long time; he’s 11 now while Snowie is five years old…

      Streetsnaps
    • Jessica Lau


      Program Manager, Sustainable Ecological Ethical Development Foundation (SEED)

      A giant satellite dish is not what you’d expect to find in the middle of a farm, but then again, this is no ordinary farm: it’s located on…

      Interviews
    • Jimmy Leung


      Martial artist and Founder, THE FIGHTERS CLUB

      If it were up to Jimmy Leung, he’d have begun his martial arts training when he was a little kid. But the biggest adversary to his plan wasn’t some opponent in the ring…

      Interviews
    • May Fung


      Founder, Arts and Culture Outreach

      Long before there was Art Basel Hong Kong, long before international galleries opened their doors and jet-setting collectors began coming here…

      Interviews
    • Clement Ng


      Salesperson, Journalize

      “We aren’t really like other stationery stores and people started noticing us when we were mentioned in a blog. We slowly developed our own style of running a store…

      Streetsnaps
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